Race Recap for the Food City 300
Sunday, August 18th, Race Recap
Event: Food City 300 (Round 22 of 33)
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-mile short track oval)
Format: 300 laps in three stages (85 laps/85 laps/130 laps)
Start/Finish: No. 86 Vero – True Social Chevrolet – 17th/12th (completed 197/200 laps)
18th – No. 86 (404 points, 245 out of the playoffs)
15th – Brandon Brown (418 points, 173 out of the playoffs)
Race Winner: Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing
Stage 1 Winner: Brandon Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-85):
● Brandon Brown started 17th and finished 13th.
● After a phenomenal qualifying effort by Woodbridge, VA native Brandon Brown, the No. 86 crew would start in front of Cup-Affiliated teams and a MENCS Champion. Brown, would quickly move to the front and following a handful of yellow flags would be up to eighth after just 45 laps.
● Brown restarted eighth and drove up into the third position with less than 30 laps remaining in Stage 1. Brown, Crew Chief Doug Randolph, and Spotter Tom Legeman decided it would be best to set themselves up for a good starting position in Stage 2 because they had such a fast car. The ensuing caution came and after an eight-lap shootout to end Stage 1, Brown ended up 12th, the fourth car on fresh tires.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 86-170):
● Brandon Brown started 6th and finished 16th.
● Brown struggled on this set of tires and after getting pinned down on the bottom, Brown settled into the 14th position and Kyle Busch was not patient in lapping cars. Kyle lapped up to 8th in Stage 2, holding Brown back from being able to receive a lucky dog or a wave around.
Stage 3 Recap (Lap 171-300):
● Brandon Brown started 17th and finished 12th
● The third and final stage went fairly calm for the beginning and as Brown’s handling got better he was able to be more aggressive on the top side of the race track. Brown continued gaining positions the longer the run got.
● A late-race caution with Brown in 15th set up chaos as THREE top-running cars blew right-front tires and allowed Brown to take advantage of their misfortune by racing into the 12th position. Brown then would be ~1 lap away from passing the No. 7 car of Justin Allgaier for a position, regardless of having the Vero – True Social No. 86 Chevrolet comes home in the 12th position for the 2nd straight week, Brown wanted more for his BMS team.
Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the CTECH Manufacturing 180 @ Road America. The race starts at 3:00 pm EST on NBCSN.